Photos of Butterflies

Butterfly

White Butterfly

Photos of Butterflies in Colombia

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I am going beyond stir crazy right now. I am leaving for Central America in a little over two week’s time and I can hardly sit still. I think I’ve discovered my exact capacity for staying in one and only one place at one time these past couple months in Medellin. Last night I felt like my skin was wrestling with my insides trying to escape on some sort of adventure, and I knew that today I had to go out and do something. Today I headed to the Medellin Zoo, locally called the “Parque Zoologico Santa Fe” to shoot some pictures and, well, get out of the house. The zoo is actually quite decent here, although I thought the enclosures for the monkeys was too small as usual.

The highlight for me was a butterfly garden which allowed me to play around with my camera and plenty of subjects. Although many of the butterflies wouldn’t exactly stand still for the pictures, I think I got some good images. I probably could have stayed in the butterfly gardens for hours shooting photos of the colourful butterflies on flowers, but a group of small children chased me out after about 15 minutes or so of solitude. Below you will find my favourite eight images of the butterfly garden in the Medellin Zoo.

Butterfly

Butterfly on a leaf

Butterfly

Looks like a zebra butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly on Purple flower

Butterfly

Butterfly in motion

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

Orange Flower

Orange Flower

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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12 Comments

  1. I’m starting a thing called “Mariposa Mondays” soon and will have to highlight this piece. Wonderful!

    Charu

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    • I’m sure my buddies who speak Spanish will give me a hard time about being featured on “Mariposa Mondays” hahahahaha. But yeah, I’d love to be featured! 😀

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    • Thanks Ted… Yeah, I could have stayed all day in there!

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  2. Yea, you gotta be quick with those butterflies! One of my favorite memories of Costa Rica was going to a butterfly garden. It’s so peaceful.

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  3. Nice pics! My favorite is the one that you describe as looking like a zebra. The way you selectively blurred the foreground makes for a unique shot.

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    • @Andrew – You would be surprised mate. I’d love to tell you how hard it was and how amazing I am. But the truth was, it all just fell together nicely. I just chose a composition I liked, and waited for a butterfly to fly into it 😀

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  4. A gorgeous collection!My favourite is that one with 2 butterflies over a lovely orange flower.

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  5. Great pics Brendan, I really want to get into photography and I was wondering what camera you would recommend? I love taking landscapes. My budget is max 500$.
    Cheers,
    Leif

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    • Hey Leif,

      What you might want to do is go for an older model or buy something used. My old camera was a Canon T1i which I got for 600$ including a lens. For starters any Canon rebel model DSLR will give you a look at photography professionally. Try something like a T1i used or maybe a TSI… check craigslist for some used stuff!

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